Foreword from Jill Morris, HM Ambassador to Italy
Since my arrival in Rome as British Ambassador to Italy it has been clear to me that Italy is now more politically stable with the present government than it was before. Prime Minister Renzi has quickened the pace of reform by cutting into red tape, improving the labour market and overhauling the constitution to speed up decision making. While Italy still faces challenges, it remains the world’s eighth largest economy and many economic indicators are improving.
We are fortunate to enjoy deep and positive relations with Italy in almost every area, from science to security; and from foreign policy to food. As we seek to manage a period of profound geopolitical change, which includes Britain’s rethinking of its relationship with the EU, continuing to strengthen those relationships matters now more than ever. The UK fully intends to work closely with Italy on fighting terrorism, defence and security, migration and every aspect of foreign policy. The same is true in the economic field: which is good news for the UK and for those wishing to do business in Italy. In this networked world, our fates are ever more intertwined: if Italy prospers, so does the UK - and vice versa. Increasing trade between our countries is a fundamental pillar of our mutual prosperity, therefore we are continuing to work to create opportunities for business and investors between Italy and the UK. As Theresa May and Matteo Renzi said on the occasion of their meeting in Rome in July 2016, the governments of the UK and Italy are fully committed to making sure that “the extraordinary relationship” between our two countries continues.
HM Ambassador to Italy
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